Tuesday Trend Report: #DESIGNSERIES Modern Prairie

The Modern Prairie design is a modern take on the original American Foursquare. Three conditions define the importance of Prairie-style houses. First, it is an American original developed as a contemporary solution to a blossoming culture and nation. Second, it could be considered the first modern residential architecture predating the West Coast–born Craftsman style and the birth of European modernism. Third, its original era briefly lasted until around World War I, but its influence continued throughout the 20th century. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright introduced this distinct new architecture, expressing the flat, sweeping prairie of his native Midwest. The architecture of the Prairie house was created to meet Wright’s objectives of a simplicity and integrity that combined comfort, utility and beauty but did not imitate past styles. Prairie home plans have broad, gently sloping, sheltering roofs with prominent low chimneys. Balconies and terraces extend in several directions beyond the basic house, creating protected outdoor spaces and rhythms of vertical and horizontal planes. Typically this style of architecture includes neutral, brown tones, evoking a natural, Midwestern feel.

Low Pitched Roof

Overhanging Eaves

Horizontal Lines

Contrasting Color Tones

Brown/Taupe Interiors

Leather Furnishings

Wood Accents

Square Columns

Simple, Quartered Floor Plan